Flu and other goodies Mar 14, 2011 14:18:10 GMT -5
Post by imperator03 on Mar 14, 2011 14:18:10 GMT -5
You have made some good points there Imp, and yes H1N1 is just a different but more virulent form of influenza but influenza is still an annual pandemic. It still serves to be the most deadly pandemic, malaria not so much as normal influenza kills over 35,000 americans each year even with flu shots. No, it didn't scare me, you forget or are unaware that I have been army airborne infantry for 20 years and have experienced or seen damn near everything, alot that I didn't care for Yes, I understand that people in general, maybe especially politicians do things mainly for themselves, not always, but possibly a majority of the time and will use/work events to forward their agendas but I DO NOT believe that a few in our government would purposely drag things out in order to push an agenda, that takes a majority of capitol hill to make happen and typically only a personal pay raise can acquire that much dedication from so many. Also, you don't have to believe in all conspiracies to be a conspiracist, you only need to believe in one, so by your own admission, I was right in my assumption haha but I do enjoy hearing your viewpoint though, it's different.
It doesn't matter what you've seen or what you've done for how long. When you see a little kid on life support or in the hospital suffering from something you can't do anything about, you get scared. You may never admit it, but you do get scared. Some people just have little outbursts of anger to cover their fear.
You might be interested to know that there is a type of vaccine about to go to market that attacks to protein on the interior of the influenza virus, which could make the flu non-virulent, as mutations in these sites change far less than the outer protein binding sites.
Another interesting development is the creation of flu vaccines from human cells; not chicken eggs, as is currently done.
When I say people do things mainly for themselves, it's mostly an observation on how people have personal likes and dislikes; not a comment on selfishness or anything like that. I like broccoli and my fiance likes okra. So when we go out she gets okra and I get broccoli. The value we place on those items is different. I'd pay more to get broccoli and she'd pay more to get okra. That's what I mean.
One thing we all share is a need for social advancement. Now this could mean different things. Mother Theresa, for example, has a very different idea about social advancement than, say, Donald Trump. You also have to know something about how bureaucracies work. Not only being in the military, but being elite, you might not have a great understanding of how bureaucracies work. Elite units often have an easier time getting beans and bullets than non-elite units. Then again, I could be wrong and you worked in supply or something. If so, I'm sorry you had to endure that. I've heard stories.
Ludwig von Mises wrote what I consider a seminal work on the nature of bureaucracy in a book entitles, appropriately enough, Bureaucracy: mises.org/books/bureaucracy.pdf
If you think we still have Constitutional protections against the federal government, you need to read up more on the Progressive era and guys like Woodrow Wilson and FDR. And not the crap they sell you in high school either. Wilson was the visionary, FDR was the guy who made it happen. Kind of like our version of Lenin and Stalin. If you think courts still protect us, research administrative law courts, they were set up specifically to do an end run around trial juries.
Read up on the Federalist and the anti-Federalist papers. The latter will literally send chills down your spine as they pretty much laid out a blueprint for how the Federalists would turn this republic into an autocracy.
Although I have a great many issues with the government of the US, never think I have an issue with the founding principles of this nation; freedom and liberty. You'll not find a greater proponent of those ideals. The US is still the leader in freedom and liberty for all, we're still the shining city on the hill for the wretched masses laboring under oppression and darkness. Still, night will fall even here unless we get our heads straight and change our course.